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george garside

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Re: Playing/learning by ear.
« Reply #40 on: December 06, 2011, 11:04:10 AM »

and  not infrequently the lack of ability  ( or perhaps not seeing the need) to listen to what those around them are doing with a particular tune.

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Re: Playing/learning by ear.
« Reply #41 on: December 06, 2011, 11:07:44 AM »

But George there are also plenty of people (unfortunately) who are not readers who also don't listen!  I'm sure you've experienced this, when you start a tune and somebody else joins in thinking that they recognise what you are playing, but its actually something that starts the same but then heads in a different musical direction.
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« Reply #42 on: December 06, 2011, 11:09:01 AM »

Indeed!


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« Reply #43 on: December 06, 2011, 11:11:08 AM »

But if you are playing from the dots you don't need to listen because the others SHOULD BE PLAYING WHAT'S WRITTEN, duh!
OK, I jest, but I'm sure a teeny bit of that conditioning still breaks through.
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« Reply #44 on: December 06, 2011, 11:34:44 AM »

and a great deal of truth is spoken in jest - or something like that !

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« Reply #45 on: December 10, 2011, 04:37:24 PM »

Another idea, is try looking for the tune on a tunefinder site, in midi with no bass line.

You end up with "naked" melody, much easier to hear and match tones.

This also lets you slow it down or transpose too.

Especially tunes that you are hearing played in C, where you would find it easier to play them in G.
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« Reply #46 on: December 25, 2011, 05:17:56 PM »

... and don't think there's something wrong with you if you can't play a certain tune. It will come - eventually !

I consider myself to be a fairly competent player - mainly for Morris, but for some reason, no matter how much I try, I just can't play "Flowers of Edinburgh" - It's a pretty bog-standard Morris tune, but I've been trying to play it for 20 years and I still can't do it !  - don't know why, but I can't !   ???
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Re: Playing/learning by ear.
« Reply #47 on: December 25, 2011, 06:18:11 PM »

I echo Bob's earlier advice - practice scales and arpeggios in the standard keys. Plus have spme fun and try to play any tune that you know in your head but have never played before when you are practising. Hits from the charts (current or past) are good. Also try playing little riffs and runs that come in your head. Practice, as alwas, is the key.

Plus just keep playing alompng in sesssions, tape the session, and when you get home practice the tricky bits. I've been playing for 35 years, and can pick up most stuff by ear, but some tunes still catch me out! Ask Ebor Fiddler.......
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